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Whittle down   /wˈɪtəl daʊn/   Listen
Whittle down

Cut away in small pieces.  Synonyms: wear away, whittle away.

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... and entail smacked of inequality and alienation of rights by one generation against the next. Although his Statute on Religious Freedom was not passed until 1786, each session after 1776 saw Jefferson successfully whittle down the privileges of the once-established Anglican Church. From 1776 until 1778 Jefferson, Wythe, and Pendleton labored on a revision of the state law code, but only a part of their code was adopted. A revised criminal code was not fully ...
— The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 • Virginia State Dept. of Education

Words linked to "Whittle down" :   whittle away, wear away, damage

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